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Job offer doesn't smell quite right - is this a scam?

Almost certainly yes, it is a scam. A quick google search "Alimentiv job scam" gave me the following LinkedIn page about an open job opportunity at Alimentiv. It contains the following ...
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Recruiter forwarded me a take-home test from the client but won't give me contact info to send back to the client

Recruiters earn a commission every time they "sell" a new employee to a company. So the last thing they want is a candidate who bypasses the recruiter and talks to the company directly. ...
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How can I determine if a job offer I received from a company in the UAE is genuine or a scam?

This is a scam. The UAE has this website devoted to helping identify scams and visa fraud. Among the items of that site: If somebody offers you a job in the UAE, he/she has to give you an offer ...
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Recruiter forwarded me a take-home test from the client but won't give me contact info to send back to the client

It is unlikely it is "fishy". It is "unusual", "dumb", "bad practice" but it's unlikely to be literally a scam or lie of some sort. You mention possible scams ...
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How can I determine if a job offer I received from a company in the UAE is genuine or a scam?

This is just the well-known "Total scam" or "Oil visa scam" https://www.total.uk/fraudulent-job-offers-name-total (They just use the name of any old major oil company .. Exxon, ...
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How do I protect myself from scam recruiting companies?

What is and isn't a Scam usually depends on whether or not it passes the Sniff test. If it smells like a Scam, it probably is a Scam. Anything that asks you to pay any money upfront. Anything where ...
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How to know if its a scam when employer asks for deposit

If you're a freelance software developer, you generally provide your own equipment. So it's fishy to begin with. Good job for spotting the scam. It's likely your identity will be used to conduct scams ...
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Am I getting "scammed"? (Job Search)

I have a dedicated Gmail account for correspondence about work opportunities. It's full of emails like this one you received, every day. I'm not looking for work now and there are far too many to ...
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How do I protect myself from scam recruiting companies?

In addition to the other answers and precaution tips there. Why don't YOU contact some legitimate independent recruiters (or recruiting companies) actively, they will be happy to provide you with job ...
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How can I tell if a recruiter is actually representing a candidate they present?

On the job-hunting side, it is common knowledge that recruiters will offer / advertise jobs where they don't have an agreement with the employer already. It is highly likely that they will do the same ...
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Recruiter forwarded me a take-home test from the client but won't give me contact info to send back to the client

In the U.S. at least, it's unfortunately normal to be firewalled off from the actual client company by the recruiter -- the recruiter wants to make sure they protect their role as middle-person until ...
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Swiss recruiter wants me to send him a copy of my ID - is this a thing?

At some point, you will have to provide your identification. To work in Switzerland as an EU national, you need to be registered to Swiss tax administration, labour agencies, etc after the contract ...
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How do I protect myself from scam recruiting companies?

Recruiters exist, and lots of IT positions are contract-based. That means hiring for a specific Purchase Order for a specific customer. This applies to the monster IT outsourcing organizations (IBM, ...
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How do I protect myself from scam recruiting companies?

I am reading the other responses that are here, and so far they have missed the mark. The recruiters you are speaking to are not out to scam you when they mention four digits of your Social Security ...
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How can I tell if a recruiter is actually representing a candidate they present?

Is there some reason to believe the recruiters aren't telling you the truth? If a candidate is on the job market, they're probably sending their resume out to a lot of different places. When they get ...
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Job offer doesn't smell quite right - is this a scam?

Very rarely can this be real, but it is usually not as great as described. I've had one once where there wasn't any interview, etc., but such a pay raise and everything does indeed sound quite like a ...
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Am I getting "scammed"? (Job Search)

100% a scam. Everything you quoted reads exactly like a scam, and the reason you can't email them is either because their email provider realized they were a scam because they kept getting reports or ...
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Am I getting "scammed"? (Job Search)

Am I just getting trolled? What was the point? I will be patient and wait for their corporate email to reply ... maybe it's just an error, If I where to guess you where "ghosted", but who ...
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